Balanced Architecture emerged from the intersecting passions for sustainability, wellness, and experiential design. These three areas of design have shaped the way I create and view architecture. There is balance and harmony in a building that listens to its occupants and the surrounding environment. Nature is an amazing learning lab and provides an abundance of inspiration for my designs. Balanced Architecture takes the approach of finding the right balance of wellness and sustainability without going over budget or losing sight of the client’s design goals. Let’s create your balance.
Sustainable design is inherent in everything I do at Balanced Architecture. As the Cradle to Cradle founder William McDonough said “How about designing a building that nourishes and restores living systems”. I strongly believe in this philosophy. Designing with the environment in mind doesn’t have to be painful or mundane, and most of it can easily happen behind the scenes if getting into the nitty gritty of sustainability isn’t your thing. It also doesn’t have to stretch the budget. There are plenty of ways to design a space that maximizes the free heating and cooling components that our earth already supplies us. And as a bonus, your monthly energy bills will likely shrink.
Buildings that are not properly ventilated, that don’t provide access to daylight and natural ventilation, and that provide contaminated drinking water are extremely common. These buildings contribute to respiratory issues, expose us to carcinogens and bacteria, and make us feel run down all the time. Our culture is becoming more and more health and wellness focused. We strive to eat whole foods and make sure we get in 10,000 steps a day, but when the buildings that we spend 90% of our time in are inadvertently causing sickness, then all the work we are putting into our healthy lives is being compromised. My mission is to guide people to make their home environment as healthy as possible and to turn their homes from a noxious environment to a healthful retreat.
Experiential architecture (also known as phenomenological architecture) is about experiencing buildings through all the senses. Often times buildings are designed and built to be enjoyed through a single sense—vision. Because of this, we tend to use buildings without really connecting with them. They are just there as one more object in our busy lives. Experiencing architecture through the senses allows us to slow down and enjoy the moment. This could mean being intrigued to feel the texture of a wall surface, smelling a scent that triggers a memory, or having natural light direct us in a way that makes us aware of space and time.